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ZACATECAS NEWS: Reports of the Last 8 Days

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June 20, 2013

Additional Narco Grave Found Near Fresnillo
During a surveillance patrol, elements of the 97 infantry battalion detected 4 clandestine graves with human bones in the community of El Triunfo, in the mountainous area of the municipality.
Military personnel arrived in the offices of the Ministerial police in Fresnillo for the purpose of reporting the discovery which occurred at 2:45 pm on Tuesday June 11th.
State Ministerial Police (PME) reported that on the surface, they found a partial body, the lower extremities, as well as the skull, ribs, spine, and part of the upper extremities.
They explained that the skull contained a bullet hole caused by a gunshot to the back of the neck.
In this same area, agents found four graves, where, after digging with shovels and picks, found numerous bones..
The first grave had a total of 34 fragments, as well as a pair of Smith & Wesson handcuffs.
A total of 38 fragments were found in the second pit,  15 in the third and 18 in the fourth.
On May 19th around the same area, 3 km away from the small town of El Triunfo, burnt human remains together with clothes, incinerated oil drums, blankets and other items were found by locals searching for wood.
According to locals last December that area had been used by cartel members as training camp but they never reported it out of fear, then around 4 months ago the criminals started leaving the area. One local recalls “There was a time when 19 Federal police along with the helicopter went after these bad people, and they killed 12 sicarios”.

The Regional Justice Attorney, in collaboration with the 97 infantry battalion located three clandestine graves, two in the Purísima del Maguey community and another in the limits between Fresnillo and Saín Alto.
Juan Manuel de Loera, Vice Attorney of Justice, reported that from early morning, on June 18th, expert forensics and a member of the public prosecutor’s office accompanied the military in the search for the mass graves, while looking for four soldiers who are missing.
Loera explained that in each pit there was “around a kilo of bone fragments, which have not been determined to be human yet, so we have to wait for genetic analyses”.
On Wednesday night, shortly before midnight, gunmen in two vehicles attacked elements of Federal Police who maintain its base in the avenida Ramón López Velarde, in Zacatecas historic city centre.
After the attack, which took place in a matter of seconds, the aggressors accelerated towards Guadeloupe, while the policemen boarded their trucks to undertake the pursuit.
According to official sources, police corporations implemented an operation to find the assailants, while witnesses claimed to have seen a large concentration of patrols on University Avenue, and elements stationed on alert opposite the Hotel Howard-Johnson, the bicentennial Plaza and the streets and alleys that surround this area of the city.
That same night more shootings were reported in different parts of the city, but there´s no official information about them.
On Thursday night June 13thshootings continued in the state capital, from 11:30 pm in the colonias González Ortega, Felipe Ángeles and Benito Juárez there was a shootout between two armed groups; leaving 1 gunman dead inside a vehicle.
First detonations were heard in the fourth section of the colonia González Ortega, when a blast was heard and vehicles began the chase, shots were reported elsewhere near the Mercado de Abastos.

Apparently the chase and shooting occurred in several streets, up to almost return to the colonia González Ortega, where again another blast was heard near the parque Palomas, where a truck was abandoned.

Elements of the metropolitan and ministerial police arrived later and patrolled aforementioned colonias in search of suspects.
Simultaneously with the shootings and in a different part of the city, a man was found dead inside a black Ford Focus with plates from the US, he had been shot 4 times in different parts of the body, the car was found between Guillermo Prieto and Manuel Doblado streets behind the baseball park
Update Note:
Federal police are now confirming the event on Thursday evening resulted in the deaths of eight people.  Also confirmed was that several narco vehicles were left at the scene.
People in Zac however are saying this is a low ball figure.  Typically casualty figures are underreported.

The body of a woman, who had the trousers down, was found on the side of the road that leads to the community of Boquillas, Zacatecas; It is presumed that she was raped and then shot, several bullet casings were found at the location.
This is a relatively isolated area right outside the capital, the road ends in Boquillas, a small community of 250-300 people, therefore very light traffic.
The finding was discovered by locals on Wednesday morning at around 7 am when a call to the emergency line 066 gave notice to the authorities.
Elements of the Metropolitan Police (Metropol) and the Municipal police in Zacatecas arrived to the site, which confirmed the report and sealed off the crime scene.
Experts of the forensic medical service and the public prosecutor’s Office arrived at 8:15 in the morning to start with the investigations of the case.
So far, the identity of the victim is unknown; however she had light hair and was wearing blue trousers and a striped sweater.
While the authorities conducted research, police corporations mounted an operation in search of something.

In a statement authorities ratified the event and reported that the young woman had 2 shots, also at the location a white powdery substance was discovered, allegedly cocaine.
11 bullet caps were found in the area and that the girl was between 25 and 28 years.
This case has caused some social alarm since it´s not the first one of this kind that occurred recently. On May 10 the body of a 28 years old  woman was found at el Bracho dumpster, she had been kidnapped the night before, then raped and killed with a stone.

CONVOY DUMPS 2 BODIES NEAR JEREZ DE GARCIA SALINAS, AND THEN THE BODIES VANISH On Wednesday 12th, at around 10 am, a convoy of approximately 14 trucks with gunmen left two bodies on the road Jerez – Fresnillo, by the crossroad travelling to San Juan del Centro. It was reported to the municipal police, but before the authorities could get there, the bodies, said to be of a man and a woman, approx. 20 years old, were removed from the crime scene.

Federal Police and military were dispatched, but they only found blood and a narco message. The contents of the message have not been made public,
Members of organized crime attacked a convoy of troops from the 97 battalion of the Mexican army resulting in four dead criminals, the arrest of seven more, the confiscation of three vehicles, as well as the confiscation of a still unspecified number of assault rifles and ammunition.
This incident took place at 17:45 on Friday 14th in the community of Saín Bajo, in Saín Alto municipality, which is located in the Northwest of the State of Zacatecas.
The military report indicates that the military were carrying out some surveillance when they were attacked by the criminals, which forced them to repel the aggression.
On June 18th the bodies of three men were found a few meters from the federal highway 23, which leads to Jerez de Garcia Salinas; the three young men were taken out from several trucks and then shot, they were blindfolded and their hands and feet tied with tape.
At around 19:30 the emergency system 066 received the report there were three men lying on the road, near the tolerance zone known as Las Láminas, elements of the Municipal Public Security were dispatched to the location.
The men were wearing jeans and t-shirts, their ages ranged from 18 to 25 years, none carried identification. The three bodies are already in the forensic medical service (Semefo).
Unofficial data indicate they are two miners and another young man who would have been kidnapped in the fraccionamiento Abel Dávila in Fresnillo  the day before in the morning, being forced from their homes with violence…………….continues on next page………..

Criminal groups keep fighting each other in Fresnillo, with exchange of gunfire and chasings while being on board of cargo vans.

The events took place at the exit to the road to Valparaiso, reported police sources.

The same sources reported that the same thing happened at the exit to Jerez. (same road where the bodies were those 3 men were executed, same day too).

“Strong shooting in Fresnillo heading out to Valparaiso and Jerez, a group of trucks chasing each other very near the lienzo charro in Fresnillo from 3 white GMC trucks and white suburbans armed subjects wearing military style clothes came out and stopped a dark red RAM and a black Bora, that apparently was escorting the RAM, they shouted “putos zetas” and “vámonos a la chingada ora putos”,.

While trying to take the occupants of the RAM and the Bora another truck passed by and shot, and that’s when both the RAM and the bora escaped at full speed and they also began to shoot, and a strong shootout ensued between what is likely CDG and Los Zetas.

Vehicles fled towards colonia del Valle and the mercado de abastos, at this point more vehicles were reported to arrive with the marking  “CU” (Cárteles Unidos)  chasing after  more vehicles that also came to support  the RAM and the Bora.
The shooting furiously intensified at the exit to Valparaiso and it was in the crossroad Valparaiso-Jerez, where at least five trucks stopped and started to shoot at each other, traffic was stopped and witnesses reported seeing and hearing the shootings causing their rapid departure from the scene.
Very close to the intersection there was a white truck abandoned and reports say inside there are high caliber weapons, radios and bullet-proof vests, the truck has no plates, but driver side has several bullet impacts and also in  the left rear tire, red code was activated due to the chase and shootings.
3 armored  vehicles of the ministeriales arrived from their base in Zacatecas, army and SEMAR also arrived to the areas of conflict, as well as the Federal Police.
It is not yet known if there are any casualties  within the city in Fresnillo or the roads adjacent to it.
In the colonia del Valle a Ford Focus where there were 4 young women and 1 man, was stopped, the young driver was brought out with blows and taken in a Toyota Tundra type pickup.
The focus was manned by another armed subject who was taken from the vehicle and was escorted at high speed. Witnesses reported that the girls cried and asked for help but another truck appeared and instantly began to shoot, seeing nothing could be done they rapidly fled the scene.
On the same day, in the limits between Tepetongo and Jerez, elements of the 53 infantry battalion secured three vehicles with reports of theft.
Apparently it was the dismantling of a training camp of a criminal cell, whose guards shot at the military as they fled and they managed to escape; no one was wounded or arrested.
A strong confrontation that lasted for about an hour between sicarios of Los Zetas and the Gulf Cartel (CDG) arose this Thursday, June 20th, in the community of Estación Gutierrez, Fresnillo municipality, Zacatecas.
According to the first reports, there were criminals killed in the intense gun fire and several vehicles were abandoned full of bullet holes. There´s still no official information from the authorities about this incident.
In the clash even grenades were used. The chase and shootout aboard several trucks took place between the communities of Estación Gutiérrez and Francisco I. Madero, better known as La Quemada
Elements of the Federal Police, the Navy of Mexico and the army arrived and blocked the roads to check vehicles and an operatve was set in the area to find suspects.
* Note: The press report  used as source says this shootout happened on Wednesday, but that must be a typo since it happened on Thursday evening
Ezequiel Cárdenas Dominguez, who was 21 years old and lived in the colonia Lomas de Plateros in Fresnillo was found dead in the colonia Nueva Rosita, near the community of San José de Lourdes.
Cárdenas Dominguez was found with his throat slit, with his hands tied and gagged with tapeand in the middle of a puddle of blood.
A call to the emergency system 066 reported that there was a corpse of a male at that location.
Members of the State Ministerial police, as well as, members of the Municipal police, Federal preventive police and troops of the 97 infantry battalion went to the crime scene.
This was reported by the press on June 20th, but it´s unclear of the exact date, most likely it was June 19th.
Sources used by Zac to compose this post: Facebook-ZacatecasOnline-AccesoZac-ImagenZac-LasNoticiasya-Direccionezac-Pagina-LaPoliciaca
Much gratitude to “Zac”

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